Angela Missoni changed it up for pre-fall, presenting the collection in New York for the first time in her Madison Avenue store, which was completely merchandised with the lineup for one night only Nov. 30 for a pre-fall party. “I wanted to make the presentation a bit more personal, a bit more relevant,” said Missoni a few hours before the event. “I said, ‘OK, let’s see what it would be like in a shop, so if I’ve done a good job I would see it immediately myself.’” Now there’s an idea.
Missoni pointed out that the brand has a vacation-y resort collection in store year-round, freeing her up to address the transitional pre-collection more freely. It had a broad range, from summery eveningwear done with ample Lurex metallic, fringe and knit lace on simple shapes, to fantastic shearlings embroidered with colorful yarn in squiggly patterns. The bulk of the collection was devoted to the concept of “mix and match” with an emphasis on Seventies garçon styles — cropped flared pants, polos, shrunken blazers and long skirts topped with newsboy caps — in house zigzag and plaid knits with a limited color palette. “I wanted to extract colors,” said Missoni, who limited the group to combinations of three to four colors. Styled up head-to-toe, the looks had a sporty retro charm and could be broken down to mix and match in one’s wardrobe, per the season’s theme.